So let me get this out of the way first. Who else out there thought Chris Christie standing behind Donald Trump during the press conference looked like someone stuck in traffic on the George Washington Bridge? Either that or he was thinking, “Donald told me I have to stand here for a little while and then we’ll go for Ice Cream”. As far as the overall results on Super Tuesday, I agree it established a clear path for Hillary Clinton on the Democratic side, but as far as the Republicans are concerned, am I missing something? Was this not supposed to be a trouncing by Trump? It looks like Sara Palin is so relevant she couldn’t even help him win Alaska. Are his 4 losses and other close races not a reflection of a tightening race? Apparently not according to the pundits. Or is there something more devious behind all of this?
Although I am sure the more conservative of you will disagree on this, I believe with a few exceptions CNN is usually the most balanced of the major cable news networks. FOX leans to the right and MSNBC is too one-sided to the left to even be seen as a viable news source. CNN does the best job at covering of at least feigning neutrality. However, it would appear that there may be something slightly more devious coming from within the CNN ranks.
Take today’s headlines on the websites of CNN and FOX for example.
CNN: Establishment reluctantly realizes a Trump nomination is near
FOX: BIG WINS, BIG QUESTIONS
So the case can be made that CNN leans to the left, and that promoting Trump’s victory with extra vigor helps Hillary Clinton’s chances. After all, if you look at the polls, the only Republican candidate that loses to her head to head is Donald Trump. Then again, in the name of equitable cynicism, maybe for FOX it is all about selling a debate that takes place tomorrow. After all, a fait accompli would not be particularly good for ratings.
One thing is certain. Super Tuesday was not nearly as super for Donald Trump as originally expected. He lost 4 states when previously he was touted as having a chance to win them all, and it was very close in states like Vermont, Arkansas, and maybe most notably Virginia, where Marco Rubio might have won if the primary had taken place a few days later. Clearly the attacks on Trump have taken their toll. The question is whether or not they came in time to stop him winning the nomination. It’s too soon to tell, but the one issue that needs to be taken seriously is Trump’s handling of the interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper over the David Duke endorsement. Donald Trump has been around a long time. He’s been called a big mouth, a showman, an opportunist, and someone who only cares about himself. One thing he has not been called with any frequency is a racist. I believe that is for one very obvious and simple reason. He isn’t one. However, in his straight-talking, populous, brash, appeal to the masses way, he generates enthusiasm from the angry, the scared, and yes, the bigots. Why? Bigots are always looking for someone else to blame for their miserable lot in life. Trump may not be one of those people, but the words he says and how he says them excites and entices the angriest and most hateful. I believe the reason Trump was so hesitant in the interview was because the only word his “faulty earpiece” allowed him to hear, was the word endorsement. I’m not saying an endorsement from David Duke is more important to him than right and wrong, merely that for Trump, the desire to win is so great he finds it hard to turn away anyone who likes him.Even if we are to give him his due and say it’s not his fault that these people support and like him, the fact that they do like him makes him dangerous. Not because he will do anything to placate them, but anything that gives them enthusiasm and excitement is a dangerous thing.
So what’s the bottom line on Hangover Wednesday? Yesterday’s big winner was Hillary Clinton. Not just because of what happened on the Democratic side but because of what happened on the Republican side. For the Undecideds who may or may not like or trust her, when all is said and done her advantage may come down to the age old saying, better the devil you know than the devil you don’t know. And those Undecideds may just make the difference.
I can’t wait till March 15th.
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